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CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 3:30pm EST
avoid the so-called fiscal cliff are making progress. and we're not there yet, but they're making progress. and i'm really encouraged by that. i've heard over the last couple of days a familiar phrase invoked many times, and it is that "no deal is better than a bad deal." and i suppose it's often true that no deal is better than a bad deal, but in the case of the fiscal cliff, no deal is the worst deal because the government will go over the fiscal cliff and will take almost every american with us. almost every family that pays taxes now will pay higher taxes. people's jobs will immediately be put in jeopardy, unemployment compensation will end for more than 2 million people, our defenses will be decimated by cuts that will put us in a position of accepting really unacceptable risks to our security, title 1 programs of education for low-income children will be cut dramatically, most people, including the congressional budget office, our own congressional budget office, say that the combination of tax increases along with the decreased spending required under the budget control act
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 10:45am EST
anticipating a possible, a possible agreement regarding the fiscal cliff. no deal has been reached yet. senators today will technically be working on a praiseholder -- placeholder bill in the event there is a fiscal cliff agreement. until the deal's reached, we expect we'll hear discussion at least on the fiscal situation. take a look now live on the floor of the u.s. senate, and we'll bring it to you live here on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. almighty god, we praise your name. you are high over all the nations and your glory is greater than the heavens. let your spirit move our lawmakers to do your will. teach them valuable lessons from hardships and adversities, as they work to be worthy of the sacrifices of those who have already given so much for freedom. lift them from the darkness of hopelessness so that they may take steps toward your light. may your presence and grace bring comfort, as you inspire them to choose what is right and just. may they take the tid
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 3:00pm EST
today we're busy patting ourselves on the back for avoiding the fiscal cliff. i don't know how much congratulations we ought to have for that. yesterday i was buying some groceries and the guy at the checkout stand had no idea who i was -- and shouldn't have -- and he said, what's going on on capitol hill? he says, what are those people doing in we ought to fire everybody in congress! they can't get their work done. we have to get our work done. they have to get their work done. it got down dot level of grocery store checkout people and i suspect different levels of that different occupations than that. america, beca -- america, because they're kind of tuned into the news media, which is kind of an information media or an entertainment media built this fiscal cliff so that it appeared to be niagara falls with money running over it. it's more of a gradual slope, but we have to stop the downward slope that we're on. it's important that we do that. and this is a body that can do that. congress can do that. we do a war of words around here, this protecting the rich sticks. i don't know
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 1:00am EST
deal on the fiscal cliff. the vote on the measure will be the next step followed by action by the u.s. house of representatives. in a return on tuesday at noon th eastern.e ut senar f senatef iowa. mr. harkin: mr. president, in the last few decades, real middle-class families in america -- i say real middle-class, making $30,000, $440,000, not $400,000 a year, have steen season their jobs being more insecure, their wages stagnate, in fact, their income adjusted for inflation is less than it was in the late 1990's. their savings and pensions have shrunk or disappeared, the cost of education has soared, at the same time the wealthiest americans and large corporations grow ever richer and pay less and less in taxes. for example, take dividends. prior to 2003, dividends were always taxed as ordinary income. but now they're taxed at a less rate, at the capital gains rate. income of hedge fund managers are taxed at a lower rate than middle-class families, so-called carry interest rule. the share of our nation's wealth going to corporate profits has been rising, as the share going to wages a
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 7:45am EST
apply it to the fiscal cliff. and i thought to myself at the reagan library what better place to go back to first principles. and since i've written now three novels on george washington, what better pattern than to weave these two giants, ronald reagan after whom the soviet empire disappeared, and george washington after whom we became a country. and ask yourselves what are the lessons of history? i don't study history because it's an interesting habit, i study history to better understand the present and the future so that i can be engaged in making history by being an intelligent, informed perp. that's what citizenship ought to be. and so what are some of the lessons? now, let me start with the fiscal cliff. and i'd ask a simple, obvious question. this is a very sophisticated group. how many of you have heard the term "fiscal cliff"? [laughter] okay. now, i want to say something which in washington will be seen at heretical and as gingrich once again going off and doing things that make no sense like the contract with america, balanced budget, i've participateed in my career with
CSPAN
Dec 24, 2012 9:45pm EST
to engage washington and the national media is you should apply it to the fiscal cliff. i thought to myself, at the reagan library, what better place to go back to pirs principles. and since i have written three novel on george washington. what better part earn than to wave the two giants ronald reagan after whom the soviet empire desired and george washington after whom we became a country. what are the lessons of history. i don't study it because it's an interesting habit. i study to better understand the present and future engage in making history by intelligent and informed citizens. what are some of the lessons? let me start with the fiscal cliff. sky an obviously question. how many of you heard the term fiscal cliff? [laughter] i want to say something in washington which will be seen as her receipt call and gingrich going off and making no sense. the contract of america, the balanced budget, welfare reform. i participated my career, reagan's economics defeat of the society yef empire. i'm proud of the number of things i participated in that made no sense in washington. by thoma
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm EST
fiscal cliff. true, from the very beginning i have favored a comprehensive solution to put our fiscal house in orderings something along the lines of the simpson-bowles. we don't have that luxury right now. but perhaps it will only soften the blow of the fiscal cliff but also give us a sense of urgency about a grand bargain to repair our financial house. i am not so naive as to believe everybody is going to check their politics at the door, even at this late hour, but this is not a time for politicking, bickering or partisan games. to allow the country to plunge over the fiscal cliff without any alternative plans to soften the landing is completely unacceptable. i can't think of anything more irresponsible than to let this great country go over the fiscal cliff, to play games with the lives of americans in such a callous way, to jeopardize the financial standing of our country and to alarm our financial narcotics ways that could trigger another recession. something has gone terribly wrong when the biggest threat to the american economy is the american congress. i repeat, sir, somethin
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 5:15pm EST
the fiscal cliff. an update via twitter from chad pilgrim of fox news, reid's remark that he had made a counteroffer was off-the-cuff response and that there was no counteroffer, and "the washington post" quoting senator joe lieberman saying he'd be shocked if a deal was struck today. we'll bring you continuing updates. for now, back to booktv programs. [applause] >> well, i actually left my cave. in the mornings i get up, and it's early dawn, and i have a desk for writing and a desk for drawing. and, actually, i sort of like the drawing the best. and i work, and the next thing i know letterman's on. so it's just the most exciting adventure. of i've had ten books and, believe it or not, it's very scary, i am 30 ahead that i haven't even shown. all illustrated. i'm just having such great time doing this stuff. so they asked me when i came here what did i, what were my prerequisites for writing a book. and it's got to be simply if i say i'm going to write it, if it takes 15 years -- i've had books take that long -- i'm going to finish. the other one is there can't be another book. there
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 12:45pm EST
going to prevail in this momentous decision of avoiding the fiscal cliff. mr. president, i yield the floor and i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll. quorum call: quorum call: >> some more details from the associated press would raise tax rates on couples making over $450,000 a year, it would raise the estate tax and extend unemployment benefits for one year. you can share your thoughts with us today, we have a poll up on our c-span facebook page. let us know what message you want to send to washington either forge a compromise or go over the cliff. and you can find that poll at facebook.com/c-span. we've been taking a look on and off about what democrats had to say earlier today about the fiscal cliff. let's turn now to the republicans, we're going to begin with senator john thune. >> in dealing with what has become probably the biggest fiscal crisis that our country has dealt with in some time. and i've heard a number of my colleagues on the other side come down and talk about the importance of getting a solution. we all want to
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